May 9th, 2011
12:55 PM ET
Sunday night's finale of "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" did what all great finales do: It kept us guessing as to who would win, and it provided several challenges that upped the ante from what we had seen before.
For one thing, producers made the most of the first hour of the finale in Brazil, where one team member had to learn a Carnival dance, complete with the requisite costume, of course.
Unfortunately, Zev's two left feet ended up dooming him and Justin, but not before two of the hairiest "Amazing Race" contestants ever took part in a Brazilian waxing(!), and unsuccessfully tried selling bikinis to women in bikinis. (The other three teams were smart enough to skip that challenge, which would obviously be tough and had a bit of a creepy factor thrown in: they had to actually change clothes in a tent on a public beach.)
The always-game Gary and Mallory were in first going into the final leg, and Gary stood a chance at being the oldest "Amazing Race" winner. It wasn't to be, however, as their cab driver in Miami couldn't find the location of their roadblock, involving a forklift. Things didn't improve for them in the underwater mermaid(!) roadblock, either.
In the end, it came down to Harlem Globetrotters Flight Time and Big Easy and sisters Kisha and Jen. The high winds during (what one assumes was) a winter day in Miami made the final task of - no, not answering trivia about the race, for once - but assembling a trailer to look like one in a brochure.
Kisha and Jen finished first, and took off on tricycles(!) over a seven-mile bridge to make it to the finish line. Despite never winning any legs prior to this one, the second time was the charm for them, and they were also the second all-female team in a row (not to mention, second ever) to win.
Even though I was pulling for Gary and Mallory, I was happy to see them finish the race, as well as the Globetrotters, who quit the race in their first season. Kisha and Jen stuck with it, and didn't let any bathroom breaks get in the way like their last go-round. "I will pee my pants to make the final three," said Jen. Now that's the kind of winning attitude that earned them one million dollars!
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